The National Bureau for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO Bureau) has cancelled the operation of Bryan White Foundation, an organization belonging to Kampala socialite Brian Kirumira aka Bryan White.
The Senior Communication Officer of the NGO Bureau Patrick Onen Ezaga while addressing the media said that they had received a letter from the vice-chairperson of parliament’s Human Rights Committee complaining about Bryan White’s actions, prompting the bureau to investigate the organization whose registration was effected in January 2019.
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Earlier this year, Bryan White was accused of sexual harassment by several girls who worked for him. The girls even appeared before Parliament’s human rights committee and said they had spent months at Bryan White’s home being used as sex slaves.
It was realized that the Bryan White Foundation was supposed to be a company limited by guarantee with a Board of Directors and other members who would meet annually for a general meeting, yet Bryan White was solely running the organization.
Investigations also found out that the functions it was licensed to perform like looking after orphans, widows and supporting youths to be self-reliant were never undertaken. Also, Onen said they realized that the organization has no known physical address as per address indicated in its registration documents was only found to have a banner hanging in front of an unfinished building.
The Foundation also didn’t have any significant transaction in the bank account save for a one-off case where Bryan White deposited and later withdrew 10 million Shillings.
Bryan White was tasked after the discovery by the NGO Bureau, to file an explanation about the operations of his organization. But Onen says the July 22 letter went unanswered hence prompting them to revoke the permit of Bryan White Foundation and also cancel its certificate of registration.